The feature-length documentary entitled “All the Difference”, explores, from an African-American perspective, many of the salient questions that black men in America face today. Some of these questions include: How do we engage young black males in their education when peers are telling them it is not “cool” to be educated? How do we help young men deal with the trauma of not having or suddenly losing a father? What supports are needed to help families stay intact and help fathers, who may be outside the home, stay engaged with their children? How do we build an economic infrastructure in blighted neighborhoods? How do we override the values of “gangsta” culture from one in which money, power, and sex rule, to one in which male and female relationships are honored and respected, education and family are valued, and giving back to society, not just taking, becomes an overarching goal?
Inspired by Wes Moore’s New York Times bestselling book, The Other Wes Moore, Academy Award®-nominated and national Emmy-winning producer/director Tod Lending is producing and directing ALL THE DIFFERENCE, a feature-length documentary film that will explore African American manhood, and its many issues, through a fascinating story.
Targeted for a theatrical release and national public television broadcast, ALL THE DIFFERENCE reveals critical issues confronting young African American men by interweaving the stories of two compelling students, Robert Henderson IIII and Krishaun Branch, who just graduated high school and are now in college. Over the course of four years, we will follow their emergence into manhood. We are with them from high school graduation, to striving, struggling and making it through college.
Their challenges, opportunities, heartbreaks and heroism will become those of an audience who is invited into their communities, families, homes, churches, dorm-rooms, classrooms and beyond.